The falling or drooping of the eyelid is the telltale symptom of a condition known as ptosis. It is also known as blepharoptosis. In this condition, the eyelid sags down below its normal position. In some cases, the eyelid’s droop is so severe that it inhibits vision. Ptosis can affect any or all of the eyelids.
Ptosis can either be a congenital condition or one that occurs due to the aging process. Ptosis can be caused due to the dysfunction of muscles or nerves in the eyelid. The muscles are responsible for raising and lowering the eyelid. Elderly people are more prone to ptosis because their eyelid muscles are much weaker than they used to be.
Another cause for ptosis is trauma. The condition can also serve as a symptom for underlying conditions such as diabetes, brain tumors or lesions, and stroke. Fortunately, ptosis can be easily corrected through a surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, is a procedure that involves the removal of excess fat, muscle, and skin to fix droopy eyelids. As people grow older, the eyelids become stretched and the muscles become weak. This allows excess fat to collect underneath the eyelids, making them heavy. The upper eyelids sag over the eyes, while the lower lids develop bags and puffiness.
Sagging eyelids and bags under the eyes make you look tired all the time and appear much older than you are. They can also reduce peripheral vision by a significant amount. Eliminating excess skin, tightening loose muscle tissue, and repositioning bulging fatty tissue through blepharoplasty can help alleviate these issues.
What Happens During Blepharoplasty?
Before conducting blepharoplasty, the surgeon will examine the patient and determine the best technique to achieve desired results. To treat the upper eyelid, an incision is made along its natural crease. Through this incision, excess fat and skin are removed and the muscles are tightened. Once the incision is closed and has healed, it is almost invisible.
To treat the lower eyelid, an incision is typically made along the lower lash line. The surgeon accesses the excess skin and fat through the incision and removes them. The muscles in the eyelid are tightened as well. Another technique involves making the incision inside the lower eyelid. This is the best option for people who don’t have excess skin around their lower eyelids.
What Can You Expect From Blepharoplasty?
Once the swelling has reduced, the individual will notice a marked change in their vision and the appearance of the eyelids. The face appears more rejuvenated and alert, and there is no longer a constantly tired look.
Arrange A Blepharoplasty Consultation
To address the drooping and puffy look of your eyelids with blepharoplasty surgery, you’ll first need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pat Pazmiño, a skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. With the help of Dr. Pazmiño, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Set up an appointment for a consultation by contacting us today.